Finance & the Economy

International Trade: New Sandbox Rules

As the rules and norms around international trade begin shifting with agreements such as the USMCA, Before the Bell spoke with stakeholders and experts to discuss the implications of the agreement for Canadian industries, how they can capitalize on it, and what other future trade opportunities exist for Canadians.

Capitalism with a Cause: Rising Social Entrepreneurs in Canada

by Dale Smith There is a growing trend toward creating small businesses that make a positive difference in the communities that they serve. Social entrepreneurship has been defined as the use of companies to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues in a way that often blends for-profit goals with a

Accelerating Cleantech in Canada

By Dale Smith To many Canadians, cleantech may sound like an abstract, catch-all term used to describe any innovation aimed at the green market. In fact, it is an industrial transformation that includes any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts. According to a 2016 report by Analytica Advisors, the global market for

Greater transparency required to protect privacy in the digital age

With a renewed focus on digital privacy in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Before the Bell talked to experts and stakeholders about privacy and security in the digital age. They discussed where Canadians stand on these issues, both from a legal perspective and a cultural one, and the degree to which citizens’ perceptions of their own privacy have not kept pace with the ways in which that privacy is being violated, commoditized and redefined.

OPINION | Canada’s Clean Tech Future Needs Chemistry Industry Solutions

Canadians and policy makers are seeking to transition to the low-carbon economy and address the challenges of climate change. Canada’s chemistry sector and its highly skilled workers are uniquely positioned to deliver the solutions.

Cannabis: The Final Countdown

On Thursday morning Before the Bell sat down with industry and stakeholders to debate whether Canada was ready for recreational cannabis, which is set to be legalized sometime in the summer. Many challenges remain for the government, including a lack of research on impairment levels, regulations around home-growth, infrastructure in rural and remote communities, and a public education campaign. Nevertheless, the business community is ready to step up, both producers who are hiring hundreds of Canadians to meet their needs and private security companies who see the need to protect the cannabis value chain.

Pushing Forward for Women in Business

Given the focus on women’s rights over the past year across multiple socioeconomic spheres from sexual harassment to pay equity to political engagement, it was no surprise the Before the Bell event marking International Women’s Day on March 8 was sold out. The panel, comprised of respected Canadian policy, political and business voices, discussed with

OPINION | Small business wish list for Budget 2018

Contributed to the Sixth Estate. Another year, another budget slated for February 27th – the third for Minister Morneau. Given the recent proposed tax changes, it is also arguably one that is dreaded by many small business owners that are worried about what it might contain.   Despite some who believe the small business community has

OPINION | There’s room for everyone in a better federal budget

Contributed to the Sixth Estate. Canada draws great strength from its diversity—of peoples, cultures, identities and regions.

But just as our diverse communities make unique contributions to society and the economy, they also face distinct challenges—challenges that deserve meaningful policy solutions backed up by real investment. Across Canada, farmers struggle with uncertain markets and high debt